Those people may have a point. The Italians, after all, . Why wouldn't they perfect it?
We never got the Alfa 6, but we got its best parts. The "Alfa Romeo Alfa 6," as it was formally called—or "Italy's Rolls-Royce," —was a dowdy-looking executive sedan from the Arese factory that we Americans never got. Despite resembling a BMW 7-Series puckering from a particularly acidic lemon, it featured inboard disc brakes, a limited-slip differential, and an available "dogleg" five-speed. And in an era when Alfa Romeo turned to Nissan for emotional, physical, and financial support, possibly the greatest thing it did then was to fit its 2.5-liter V-6 engine into the diminutive Alfetta GT.
The result was the GTV/6, no more Alfetta badge. Damn the Eighties-rigeur plastic bits: Giorgetto Giugiaro's styling still held up. The famous transaxle still crunched six-speed gears for neophytes. All sedans and coupes came with a transaxle, because three more of your friends deserve to understand what 50/50 balance means.
And before Callaway became forever associated with Corvettes, it built and sold a twin-turbocharged version. Dual IHI turbo units and air-to-air intercoolers, brought power up to a smart 230 horsepower, a good deal over the stock 160—which was still fast enough to take on a Porsche 911. The "most unreluctant dragon" was a gem of a car, both guises included, and the Callaway conversion "that transforms the Alfa into a supercar worthy of the Nuvolari and Fangio tradition." (Feel the passion!) The V-6 engine "still makes those great Italian ripping-raw-fabric sounds, has lots of torque and sends the car down the road smartly."
Craigslist consumers like yours truly can't find a decent example anywhere in the country—but that V-6, if you can find a working example, makes a sonorous noise that stands brave in the face of rationality. found , . James Bond once commanded one in Octopussy. This , due to end sometime around when Game of Thrones airs, is possibly your only bet. Ignore the fact that Sports Car Market derided it as a "." That's a bit harsh, isn't it? Even for a cantankerous Italianate in the decade that saw its parent company ride through its waning North American years. But the sound, the sound! Would you expect anything less from Alfa Romeo?